The Leonardo Education and  Art Forum (LEAF) continues its successful international education event-initiative and correspondingly we are organising a series of international education workshop sessions scheduled at  forthcoming International Symposium of Electronic Art, Istanbul and Rewire the Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Liverpool 2011.


The Leonardo Education and Art Forum: Transdisciplinary Visual Arts, Science & Technology Renewal Post-New Media Assimilation workshop.

LEAF International Affiliate  Associate Professor Paul Thomas

College of Fine Art, University of New South Wales

Workshops Abstract

Transdisciplinarity is deemed ‘radical’, ‘provisional and opportunistic’ because it challenges traditional educational paradigms. It focuses critical and creative attention onto domain-specific problem areas of ‘chance’, ‘discontinuity’ and ‘materiality’ (Foucault, 1976) to transcend limits within established disciplinary knowledge practices. This enables (re)visioning of the role, activity and value of Art Schools in uniting the pedagogical and technological strengths of the humanities and sciences in a university context, utilising conceptual growth, experimental innovation, visual communication and flexible learning spaces to deliver a model of Transdisciplinarity.

The transdisciplinary model will be explored in the context of the trans-migratory role of ISEA and look for a different voice from the various constructed international institutional perspectives.

This workshop will address and share experiences and difficulties encountered while developing transdisciplinary art-science research, teaching, and when meshing curricula from diverse fields.

Each working group leader is selected for their experience to give a short introduction on the topic. Each topic has two presenters. Attendees will participate in one of the working group with the discussions led by the group leaders.

Parcipating workshop leaders

Andres Burbano, Edward Colless, Wendy Coones,  Petra  Gemeinboeck,  Ross Harley,  Mike Phillips, Peter Ride and  Ionat Zurr

Workshops locations

The first workshop will take place at the International Symposium of Electronic Art, Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday, 17  September, 2011 – 13:00 – 16:00  and is presented in collaboration with the ISEA2011 educational workshop and  the Australian Forum. read more>>>

The second workshop will take place on the 27th September, 2011 – 14:00 – 17:00 in collaboration with  the  fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, Liverpool UK. read more>>>


Edward Colless: Transdisciplinary Aesthetics: An Occultation and Occultism

Darren Tofts: Being Indisciplined

LEAF@Rewire 2011

LEAF: Workshop Review 2011